Men's Swimming

Swimming And Diving Prepare For The Terrier Invitational

Head Coach Russ Yarworth and the Minutemen look to knock off Terrier Invitational defending champs BU this weekend.

Head Coach Russ Yarworth and the Minutemen look to knock off Terrier Invitational defending champs BU this weekend.

Nov. 18, 2010

AMHERST, Mass. - After their week off, the UMass men's and women's swimming and diving teams will head to Boston to participate in the Terrier Invitational. Boston University will host the Invitational, which will start on Friday and run through Sunday. The men will be taking on four other teams including BU, Boston College, Yale and Holy Cross. The women will be competing against six other teams including BU, Boston College, Yale, Northeastern, New Hampshire and Holy Cross.

The Minutemen currently stand at 3-1 on the year with wins against Army, Stony Brook and Binghamton. Their one loss came against BU in the season-opener.

The Minutewomen stand at 2-2- with wins against Army and Stony Brook, while their two losses came against BU and Binghamton.

Last Year At The Terrier Invitational
Both the men and the women took third at last years Terrier Invitational. The men scored 741.5 points, while the women scored 514 points. The host, BU, captured the victory on both the men's and the women's side.

Chelsea Downing and Amina Meho led the women's team by setting school records in the 500 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. Downing swam the 500 free in 4:58.58 breaking the previous school record of 5:01.17 set by Karin Sonnwald in the 1994-95 season. Downing finished in the top-5 in all three of her individual events. Meho broke the school record in the 50 free with a time of 23.55. The previous record was 23.64 set by Kathryne Chalikis during the 2008-09 season Along with Downing and Meho the rest of the team stepped it up setting 14 lifetime bests in the first day alone.

Joey Sbordon led the way for the men swimming a personal best in the 500 free with a time of 4:31.63. He also picked up the first individual win for either team in day two, winning the 200 free (1:40.93). He finished in the top three spots in all three of his individual events, scoring a total of 53 points for the men's squad.



Hursch Continues To Dominate
In his first four weeks of competing for the Minutemen, freshman Derek Hursch has dominated his competition. He currently stands at 11-0 this season in his individual events, holding conference best times in the 200-yard freestyle (1:41.46) and the 400-yard IM (4:09.95). He has received the Atlantic 10 Swimming And Diving Performer of the Week honor three times thus far, and the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor once.

Last Time Out
The Minutemen and Minutewomen are coming off a split against the Binghamton Bearcats. The men won 162-157, while the women just came up short falling 160-159.

Hursch led the way for the men winning the 100 free (47.32), the 200 free (1:41.95), and the 200 IM (1:54.88) while also helping the 500 free relay team of Peter Sacco, Trevor Ziegler and Joey Sbordon to a second place finish (4:08.30).

On the diving board, Jason Cook, John Clark and Adam Duffield were able to sweep both the three and one-meter dives.

The strength for the women was in the breaststroke. In the 100, senior Jessica Starosielec led the way posting a time of 1:07.48. Ingrid Woelfel followed her with a time of 1:09.28, followed by Tavis Potter in third (1:09.58). In the 200 breast Woelfel placed first with a time of 2:27.14 followed closely by Meghan Nowak in second (2:29.19) and Starosielec in fourth (2:29.45).

Molly Elkins took first in both the one-meter and three-meter, while Hannah Swift was able to take second in the three-meter and third in the one-meter.

Next Up
The Minutemen will be hosting Yale on Dec. 4; the meet is scheduled to start at 1 pm. The Minutewomen will be heading to Northeastern the same day to take on the Huskies (12 pm).

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